Panel Saw

This is like a huge radial arm or chop saw. We use it to cross cut sheets of plywood. The saw is a standard circular saw mounted on tracks
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Hand Power Tools

 

My list of tools for the techie. In order of preference.

  1. Drill/Screw Gun
  2. Jig/Sabre Saw
  3. Router
  4. Sander
  5. Circular Saw*

If you were to have just numbers 1 & 2, you would be well on your way to building just about any set you'd need to.

* Personally, I dislike circular saws. I have a couple of them, but I don't use them much for freehand work. Perhaps my dislike goes back to the Red Cross first aid training tape showing a construction worker being injured (fake for the tape) while using one. These things can buck back at you if the wood pinches. I've seen this happen a few times.

Drill / Screw Guns

Comments & Suggestions from our visitors:

Tech Tip - when using a screw gun, make sure it's in the lower speed for driving screws. Then "squeeze and release" the trigger. This technique prevents the screw head from getting stripped. NEVER allow the bit to rattle around in the screw head.

Chris Jahn, ATD, Actor's Playhouse Coral Gables FL

 

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Sabre Saw

This is a Sabre Saw, aka, Jig Saw. This saw uses a blade that travels up and down. This cut is being bad using a piece of wood as a straight edge. The line that needs to be cut was marked at both ends, then the wood was placed 1 1/4" from the line. This is the distance from the edge of the base place to the blade.
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Circular Saw

This is a blurry circular saw. Don't worry, it still cuts in focus. The blade spins counter clockwise, thus pushing the wood chips up into the dust guide. Take a close look and you'll see a hole just to the left of the number 2.
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Sanders

This belt sander will take a lot of material off a piece of wood. be careful not to gouge the out the wood. Belt sanders will leave small lines if you're not very careful. 11t1.jpg

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Subcategories

SFX EFX

Special Effects for the stage is a wide ranging area of stage magic. Making a light flash, and door swing open on its own, making "fire" on stage could all be considered special effects. Several articles here may also belong to other categories. Such as electrics, rigging, sound, etc...

Rigging

Overview of general rigging items. Knots are under their own menu item.

Knots for Theater

Overview of general rigging items. Knots are under their own menu item.